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Velna Kolodziej

Grinnell, Iowa

May 14, 1932 – May 20, 2017 (Age 85)

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Velna was so sharp, personable and involved in her life and her passions. I aspire to be like Velna as I age.

Velna was a very caring, kind and so very thoughtful. She was an active member at Third Unitarian Church in Chicago. She is greatly missed.


A lifelong friend. I will miss her deep, serious thoughts and her sweet smile. She was always herself without pretense. A rare quality. My condolences to family.

An ideal friend. Always interested in what was happening in my life. She enjoyed sharing thoughts on books, philosophy, politics and family events stories. She was so proud of her family and loved them deeply.. Velna will be missed always.

always enjoyed our visits and flowers with her picture had a great one that day.she was a special lady rest in pea ce dear friend.

Velna was a terrific Grandmother and an inspiration to me. She is part of my decision to continue the family tradition of teaching, as I pursue music education. She was always very supportive of me, showing interest in what I do and encouraging my creativity and efforts. I miss her dearly.

I met Velna at Third Unitarian about 7 years ago. She was on the membership committee and hosted a meeting in their home, which turned out to be near my home. She was so welcoming! I thought of her as a friend right away. She was supportive of me during my divorce. I was planning to stop and see her this month in Grinnel. I am so sad I didn't get to see her again. My prayers go to the family.

Velna and George were huge inspirations to my husband and me at Third Unitarian Church. I am so sorry that her family has lost such a wonderful pillar. She was loved very much at Third.

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Velna Jane (Lewis) Kolodziej was born May 14, 1932, to Jackson and Helen (Hunt) Lewis in Chicago. She passed away May 20, 2017, in Grinnell, Iowa, at the age of 85. She was raised in Norwood Park, Illinois and graduated Taft High School in 1950. She attended Northern Illinois University. She is...

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